Top 5 Mistakes Women Make when Applying Makeup

For most women, experimentation with makeup begins at an early age. Unfortunately, without proper instruction, many women develop bad makeup habits that are hard to break. As a professional in the beauty industry, I have found that there are several common mistakes most women make when it comes to proper makeup application. This article will show you how to avoid these mistakes.

Dirty makeup brushes

The most important tip when it comes to applying makeup is to use the right brushes and to keep them clean. A painter cleans his brushes after painting, and since makeup is essentially “painting the face”, it makes sense to clean makeup brushes after each use. With expensive brushes made with natural bristles, this can be done with a regular shampoo. Use brush cleaner (available in the makeup section of most department stores) on brushes with synthetic bristles.

The right order

Most professional makeup artists apply makeup in a specific order, beginning with concealer. This order is usually: concealer, foundation, powder, blush or bronzer, eye color, and then lip color. The first steps are designed to even out overall skin tone, while the final steps are for using color to accentuate features.

Choosing the right foundation

If a woman uses a foundation that is not right for her skin tone, the rest of the entire makeup application is an uphill struggle. The good news, however, is that the skin tone we are born with stays with us for life, so once you have found the right shade of foundation, the rest is a piece of cake.


How many times have you seen a woman with a makeup job that seems to end abruptly at her chin, leaving the neck a different color? It is important to blend the makeup so that there is no visible difference between the face and the neck. Also, do not forget about the ears. Pale white ears attached to a heavily-bronzed face will just look ridiculous.

Color Harmony

Certain colors are harmonious when paired together, while others clash. This is why it’s a bad idea to wear blue eyeshadow with red lipstick, since blues and reds are at opposite ends of the color spectrum. While eyeshadow and lip color do not have to match, they do need to work together to create a balanced look.

By avoiding these five mistakes, the art of applying makeup will be considerably easier. As a result, you will be able to look better in less time.

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